Cervical screening

Cervical screening in north east London

Cervical screening saves lives!

It is a way of testing people to see if they show any changes in the cervix. If these changes are picked up early, they can be treated before cancer develops.

It is really important to attend your cervical screening appointment, even if you feel fit and healthy. 

Always see a GP if you have any symptoms of cervical cancer at any age, even if you have recently attended cervical screening. Read about three ways you can help to eliminate cervical cancer.

Who is cervical screening for?

  • Women and anyone with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should be invited for cervical screening at their GP surgery (anyone in England can register with a GP).
  • Trans men and non-binary people may not be automatically called for screening if they are not registered as female with their GP. Please check with your GP.
  • The No Barriers service at 56 Dean Street in Soho provides screening appointments for trans men and non-binary people, who may not feel comfortable attending their GP practice.
  • It’s important to attend a screening appointment when you are invited, even if you have no symptoms.
  • 25-49 years olds are invited every three years; 50-64 years olds are invited every 5 years
More information about the No Barriers services
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How does cervical screening work?

  • Cervical screening does not test for cancer, but looks for human papilloma virus (HPV) which can cause changes in the cervix.
  • If these changes are picked up early, they can be treated before cancer develops.
  • It usually takes place at your local GP practice by a female nurse or doctor. Talk to them if you feel at all nervous about having the test. They can help reassure you.
  • The test itself only takes a minute or two.


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More information on cervical screening

What is cervical screening?

Watch our video showing the importance of cervical screening. It helps overcome some common myths and fears with cervical screening, cervical cancer and HPV.

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